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Students with Disabilities
==Students with Disabilities==
Every child with a disability has a right to receive a free appropriate public education (FAPE) under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Defining FAPE, the Supreme Court has ruled that special education and related services must meet certain criteriabenchmarks. First, they must “have been provided at public expenses, under public supervision and direction, and without charge". They must also "meet the standards of the State educational agency". Further, these services must and "include an appropriate preschool, elementary, or secondary school education in the State involved". Finally, it is required that these services must be "are provided in conformity with the individualized education program (IEP)." Appropriate IEPs are “reasonably calculated to enable the child to receive educational benefits.” [https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/458/176]
In March 2017, Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District was decided by the Supreme Court. In an 8-0 finding, the Court determined ruled that the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that a child’s individualized education plan (IEP) “must be appropriately ambitious in light of his circumstances.” Chief Justice Roberts, who wrote the 8-0 opinion, . The Court made it clear that “for children fully integrated in the regular classroom, this would typically require an IEP ‘reasonably calculated to enable the child to achieve passing marks and advance from grade to grade.’” He also said that that Roberts continued, “the goals may differ, but every child should have the chance to meet challenging objectives.” The Court rejected the “merely more than the bare minimum" (or de minimis) test applied by the Tenth Circuit. Instead, they ruled that schools are required to show that an “IEP is reasonably calculated to enable the child to make progress appropriate in light of his circumstances.” [https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/16pdf/15-827_0pm1.pdf]
===Trump/GOP Agenda===
*[[Trump_Administration#Secretary_of_Education_Betsy_DeVos|Education Secretary Betsy DeVos]] stated in her confirmation hearing that enforcement of the Individuals with [[Disability Rights|Disabilities Education Act]] should be left to the states, seemingly . She seemed unaware that this it is a federal law.[https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/01/18/six-astonishing-things-betsy-devos-said-and-refused-to-say-at-her-confirmation-hearing/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.0282de4a851f]
===Budget Deal===

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